Are you ready to hit the slopes with your kids? We are skiing families here at Mad Jack Outdoor. There are several tips that we recommend that will keep you as the parents sane, your kids happy and asking when they can go again.
- Try on all clothing and ski/snowboard gear prior to hitting the slopes to ensure everything fits correctly. There is nothing worse than learning that last year's gloves have a hole in them and little Johnny’s jacket doesn’t fit when you are gearing up for the day.
- If it is your child’s first time skiing or snowboarding, make sure it is a bluebird day outside. Cold temperatures, bad weather and frozen fingers will not have them clamoring for more.
- Invest in lessons or use training tools like a ski training harness or a ski training tip connector , either can help your grommet get the hang of skiing.
- Make sure that your child has a proper fitting ski or snowboarding helmet. There are many great inexpensive helmets on the market these days.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Make sure that mom or dad has an amply supply of water on the slopes to distribute among the kids. Being up at altitude, combined with the exercise associated with skiing can dehydrate you quickly. We recommend investing in a hydration water pack.
- Select a mountain that is known for families and being kid friendly. Some great resorts are; Bretton Woods, Homewood, Bear Valley, Keystone, Mammoth Mountain, Eldora Smugglers Notch, June Mountain, Park City, Steamboat.
- Be patient — this is not about you bombing down the mountain or crushing the terrain park. You will find yourself on the bunny hill yelling ‘pizza’ and ‘french fries’ at the top of your lungs, adjusting goggles and gloves all day, and explaining why there are beads and underwear in certain trees. It can be taxing, but worth it — as you are investing in a skill your child will have for a lifetime and many more family ski trips.